IELTS tests

Beginning an application

When you are ready to apply you should ensure that you fully understand the rules and regulations of the IELTS test, and then complete the British Council Online Registration form. Please note that your family name(s) and first name(s) should be written exactly as in your passport.

Once a test date is full, or the registration deadline has passed, the test date will be closed and will be removed from the system. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot go back to change your details.

Refunds and transfer of test date can only be offered up to 35 days prior to the test. Within 35 days of the test date, if you wish to cancel or transfer your test you may lose the full test fee and you will need to re-register. If you wish to apply for a refund or transfer to an alternative date please contact the IELTS administrator. All cancellations or transfers will incur a £25 administration charge.

You will receive an automated email response acknowledging receipt of your online IELTS application. This email is called the 'IELTS Application Summary'.

IELTS is not recommended for under 16s. If the applicant is under 16, please contact the test centre directly for a consent form. Failure to do so may result in an application being rejected.

Your identity document (ID)

The rules on proof of identity for IELTS are very strict. If you come to the test without the correct ID, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee. You must bring the same ID document that you used for your online registration.

For all candidates except those from the EU, your ID must be a valid passport. European Union citizens may use their national identity cards if they prefer. Other kinds of ID will not be accepted.

Completing an application

To complete your application you will need to scan and send via email (to your ID document within 2 days of registering for the test.

You will also need to ensure that you have paid the test fee of £155.00 using the Online Payment system. Once we receive payment and your document, you will receive an 'IELTS Test Confirmation' by email and your place will be secure.

The speaking test

The speaking test will be on either the afternoon of the main test date or up to 1 day before. You will be sent an email with precise information about your speaking test approximately 5 days before the main test date. If you wish to request that your speaking test takes place on the same day as the written components, please email . Please be aware that spaces are limited and same day speaking is not guaranteed (requests will only be considered up to 2 weeks prior to the test date). Candidates who do not attend their designated speaking test will not be offered another appointment.


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